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  • Jonathan C Oct 23, 2003 08:57 AM
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Can anyone suggest some moderate and inexpensive restaurant suggestions in the Yonge/Eglinton area? My wife and I moved to Toronto fairly recently and eat pretty much every type of food. We've tried a lot of the restaurants in our neighborhood and generally not been impressed by the quality of the food. Can anyone make some suggestions? Please don't suggest Grazie. Thanks,

Jonathan

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  1. ZUCCA-one of the best Italian restaurant in the city.

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    1. re: ford

      I agree 100% The food is great and all homemade and the prices are good too.....enjoy!

      1. re: foodude

        Zucca - I was there about a month ago. Truly excellent.

        1. re: Kimmy

          What's the price range for 2, including wine? I found their website and menu which looks delicious, but no prices.

      2. re: ford

        Have been going to Zucca for several years. Menu changes frequently and is always good. Fresh fish is a staple. Very friendly staff and Louie, the host, is a real pro. All in all a very highly recommended place.

        1. re: ford

          Have been going to Zucca for several years. Menu changes frequently and is always good. Fresh fish is a staple. Very friendly staff and Louie, the host, is a real pro. All in all a very highly recommended place.

          1. re: Cliff

            Zucca, now that's great italian food. Though i have not been there in 2 years, I hear the quality is still the same. It is one of the rare examples where a non-italian owned italian restaurant is so good! Do they still have the chestnut flour pasta with wild boar ragu sauce?

        2. go further south - half way between eglinton and davisville to Stork on the Roof (on the east side at Glebe Rd)- their entrees average $20-$25.
          We were there last night for a food and wine pairing, the 2nd one they have done this year, and it was fabulous.

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          1. re: bg

            stork on the roof is great

          2. Have you tried "Zia Piera"? It is south of Eglinton, on the west side of Yonge, between Manor and Lola. It is a friendly, family run, Italian spot. I was there last night and had perfectly cooked talapia that came with my choice of two side vegetables (I had grilled portobellos and grilled rapini) for $14.95. Their pastas & risotto are about 5.95 for small and 11.95 for large. They have a great choice of appetizers too - all well priced. I have been there a number of times and it has always been good. Give it a try!

            1. Have you tried "Zia Piera"? It is south of Eglinton, on the west side of Yonge, between Manor and Lola. It is a friendly, family run, Italian spot. I was there last night and had perfectly cooked talapia that came with my choice of two side vegetables (I had grilled portobellos and grilled rapini) for $14.95. Their pastas & risotto are about 5.95 for small and 11.95 for large. They have a great choice of appetizers too - all well priced. I have been there a number of times and it has always been good. Give it a try!

              1. I quite enjoy "Mai Thai". Its on the West side of Yonge, North of Englinton.

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                1. re: Karim

                  i concur

                  1. re: Karim

                    May i suggest Zizi Trattoria, half way between Eglinton and Lawrence where the defunct Vin Brule used to be, on the west side of Yonge. The original used to be in The Annex. I was there this past summer and was happy with my dinner. Nothing out of this world but very good meal altogether and pleasant staff. Way better than Grazie.

                  2. Thanks for the replies. I actually have tried Mai Thai and thought it was pretty good. I am not familiar with the other restaurant sand will think about them. I am a little hesitant because I love Italian food but so many Italian restaurants, of which there are lots in the Yonge/Eg area, are terrible. Pasta is overcooked and oversauced, the tomato sauces are too acidic and too salty, etc. When I lived in Toronto around 10 years ago, I used to go to Gio's which I thought got everything right in terms of the food. Sadly, the Yonge/Eg location has closed. Thanks again for the tips.

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                    1. re: Jonathan C

                      BTW, Zia Piera's is in the old Gio's location and Zia Piera herself used to cook at Gio's.

                      1. re: Brenda

                        I actually have been to Zia's lured by the promise that she used to be the cook at Gio's. What a disaster! It was everything I hate about the vast majority of so-called Italian restaurants... acidic tomato sauce, etc. When I used to live in Toronto last, I think it was Gio himself who did the cooking (I may be mistaken about this but it was definitely not a woman). Perhaps Gio's had gone down hill in my absence?

                        As a general comment, I don't understand how in a city where such a large percentage of the population is of Italian descent, why so much of the "Italian" food is so terrible.

                        J

                        1. re: Jonathan C.

                          I had a dinner at Quartier on yonge just south of eglington on the west side. Michel the chef is a classic french chef cooks his veal demiglaze for three days! and does it once a week. a jewel of a local neighbourhood restaurant. . . French flare, innovative culinary touches and reasonable prices.

                      2. re: Jonathan C

                        I think "3 Doors North" which is the new restaurant 3 doors north of the old Gio's is owned by the same people. Its pretty much at the corner of Manor and Yonge halfway between Eglinton and Davisville. Hard to find, b/c there is no sign. The location used to be a futon store. Its on the west side of younge. But if its as good as Gios than it might be a hit!

                        Gios is downtown now, in the south east.

                      3. I will never understand the longevity of Grazie! I ate there once eons ago, and found it full of pasta clichés. All quite generic, like the sort of place you'd expect in downtown Des Moines. When I drive up Yonge St. and see that the restaurant still attracts crowds, it just mystefies me!

                        1. A bit east...moderate and casual....great Portugese churrasco @ Churrasco Villa>>
                          EG & Mt. Pleasant..charcoal grilling open kitchen offers beautifully done chicken,seafood,ribs and pastas $10>$20.mains.

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                          1. re: tim

                            If you like Dim Sum there is a fabulous place called Chau Liu with a cute atmosphere just north of Egg on Yonge (west-side) just a wee bit north of HMV. Loads of options on Mount Pleasant (one block east of Yonge) between Davisville and Egg. For nice Italian try Terroni at Balmoral and Yonge (south of St. Clair). You live in a great area for food - keep looking!

                          2. Hi,

                            I've just recently moved to Yonge & Eg. so I'm quite interested in this thread. My only recommendation so far is Esco Pazzo which is closer to Yonge & Davisville - the pasta Medici is all I can vouch for but it is excellent. The wine list leaves something to be desired however...

                            1. I like Rex Saigon (north side of Eg. east of Yonge). Try their udon noodles with beef. Nice and peppery.

                              1. if you like italian you should definitely try seven numbers. it's around avenue and eglinton. the sign is tough to spot (no words, just seven small numbers on a white background), but the food is excellent and pretty damn cheap considering it's the best italian i've had in that neighbourhood. the atmosphere is also great, really relaxed and fun.

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                                1. re: miramouse

                                  Hi All,

                                  I've just moved to south of Eglinton and found your reviews informative.

                                  A posting about the food and wine pairing at Stork on the Roof sounded interesting - could you tell me a bit more about it and how do you find out (email list or something)?

                                  Had to chuckle at the comparison of Italian food here to that in Des Moines. I was there for x'mas last year (how exciting ... not) and the Italian there is not too shabby, much like their Mexican.

                                  Can anyone suggest an authentic Mexican place, ideally around Y&E? I've tried chicken Fajita's at Mariachhi's (sp?) which are definitely edible and am wondering if there are options.

                                  cheers,

                                  shalin

                                  1. re: shalin

                                    the wine tasting seems to be by invitation only to the regular customers - but the owners are wonderful so I am sure if you call and leave your contact details and let them know you are interested for the next time I am sure they will be thrilled.
                                    Ths is the 2nd one and both times have been fabulous ffod and great wine to go with it.

                                    enjoy....

                                2. Hi all

                                  Is there anything along Y & E that approximates St-Urbain bagels?

                                  cheers,

                                  shalin

                                  1. Recently I commented on La Vecchia and Green Papaya on Yonge (East side), North of Eglinton. La Vecchia is very good. Friendly staff, reasonable prices for lunch. Their seafood risotto is A1. I never went there for supper, though.

                                    1. Recently I commented on La Vecchia and Green Papaya on Yonge (East side), North of Eglinton. La Vecchia is very good. Friendly staff, reasonable prices for lunch. Their seafood risotto is A1. I never went there for supper, though.